Addiction: What is it and where can you go for treatment?

However, for some, these distractions can become all-consuming, interrupting our responsibilities as adults and causing distress to those we love. As they start to take up more and more of our time, our career, social life, and hobbies are all pushed aside and our lives start to revolve solely around what began as nothing more than a distraction. 


This is whatís known as an addiction. Itís a well-known condition and it can affect anyone, although some are thought to be more susceptible than others. Whether itís a drug addicition, alcohol addiction, or sex addiction, it can have a devastating impact on a personís life and those around them. It can also alter basic mental functions, including judgement, decision-making, memory, and behaviour.


As a person continues allowing the distraction to consume them, the brain adapts by reducing the ability of cells in the reward circuit to respond to it. As a result, it can lead to increasingly excessive behaviour to recreate a consistent effect.


Here are some of the most common addictions and how they can be treated.


Drug addiction


Addiction to illicit substances such as cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine, and heroin is one of the most common disorders in the Western world. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), nearly 40% of adults have battled an illicit drug use disorder. 


As a result, there is a wealth of information on various drug addictions and their treatments, as well as how to deal with withdrawals and relapses. One of the most common treatments is outpatient behavioural therapy, involving either one-on-one or group sessions with a professional therapist. Treatment is often intensive during the initial stages, before transitioning to just a few hours a week to help sustain recovery.


Alcohol addiction


Although alcohol is a drug, it is usually classified as its own addiction to distinguish it from illicit substances. Like drug addictions, many scientific studies and research papers have been published on alcohol addiction, with perhaps the most famous treatment the AAís twelve-step programme.


It is the spiritual foundation for personal recovery from the effects of alcoholism, not only for the alcoholic but also for their friends and family. The steps include honesty, faith, surrender, and soul-searching.


Sex addiction


An addiction to sex may not have had as much coverage as drugs or alcohol over the years, but that doesnít make it any less severe. A sex addiction can cause considerable disruptions to oneís life, in particular, making long-term relationships difficult.


The treatment for a sex addiction is similar to alcohol and drugs: a course of outpatient behavioural therapy, the twelve-step programme and, in some cases, medication can all put patients on the road to recovery.


Gambling addiction


In the US, itís estimated that there are more than 10 million people currently living with a gambling addiction. In an age in which access to online gambling websites is easier than ever, itís become an increasingly widespread problem. 


A gambling addiction can have a significant impact on an individualís finances, with the affected person often going to great lengths to continue satisfying their compulsive behaviour. In extreme cases, they can lose their job and house. There are a number of helplines for gambling addicts, as well as a dedicated therapy group, Gamblers Anonymous.


Where to get treatment for an addiction?


Although seeking treatment for an addiction can seem daunting, it is the first step to a full recovery and a better livelihood. But where can you go for treatment?


Harley Street in central London is one of the best locations in the world for receiving treatment for addictions. Itís home to a wide range of private specialists and medical experts who have shared knowledge of effective addiction treatment for decades. 


If youíd like to book a confidential, one-on-one session with me, Philippe Jacquet, contact me via phone ( 07809668193) or email (info@philippejacquet.co.uk). I am holding both face-to-face and remote sessions.


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